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May 10, 2011

Adam Nagourney’s piece on Jerry Brown in the New York Times Sunday Magazine renewed my long-held respect and admiration for the governor of California (below). He has exemplary personal integrity, and he walks his talk.

photo by Douglas Adesko for the NY Times

My friend and colleague Glenn Berger is now a hard-working and successful psychotherapist in Manhattan and a family man raising two kids with his wonderful wife, Sharon. His first career, however, was in the music business, where he got his start as a recording engineer with the legendary record producer Phil Ramone. Glenn is an excellent writer with energy and ambition to burn, and he has lately started to write detailed reminiscences of his time in the rock ‘n’ roll trenches, chapters of what I hope will be a full book. After his fascinating account of being in the studio with Bob Dylan for his landmark Blood on the Tracks album, Glenn has surpassed himself with a piece commemorating the recently departed Phoebe Snow, whose great first album was also the first project he completed as Ramone’s assistant. The essay gives a great eyewitness account of the recording sessions, with shrewd musical analysis and knowledgeable contextual background, but Glenn also steps back and considers Phoebe as a person and what she meant to her fans (including himself). The piece left me in tears.

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